Updated July 8. Sir Paul and Heather Mills McCartney made their first public appearance as man and wife this evening on ITV1's Britain's Brilliant Prodigies awards show. The couple joined other celebrities in honoring some of Britain's most outstanding young artists and athletes. The event raised funds for the charity Children in Crisis which benefits gifted children all over the world who are denied the opportunity to fulfill their potential because of the circumstances in which they live.
The program honored gifted children in the fields of music, dance, singing, acting, entertainment and gymnastics. Sir Paul presented the award for the Best Young Pop singer. Heather (wearing a black chiffon and sequinned trouser suit with slashed sleeves) presented the Young Person Who Made A Difference award to seven-year-old Marcus Johns, saying: "Isn't it great that (the children) are actually doing the show and that is an inspiration for all kids?"
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is the founder and life president of the Children in Crisis charity who sponsored the event. After the ceremony, she remarked, "I can't believe that Paul and Heather came ... I was so grateful. It was an extraordinary evening for me - I was very emotional."
Later, Heather told reporters: "Sarah asked me first of all and told me about the boy I was giving an award to. They are all very talented kids and it's an honor to be in their presence."
The reporters then proceeded to ask some personal questions, such as do the couple have plans to have children? Sir Paul replied:"Oh here we go, the British press. I mean, Jesus, isn't that so typical? I think we can nix that question and try to get on with what we are here for, which is Sarah's charity and the charity work done. It is fantastic, they are all very talented kids, we are very proud to be here and honored to be in their presence."When asked if they enjoyed their honeymoon they both refused to comment saying, "We are not going to talk about that, we're going now. Right let's go. " They had had enough and cut short the interview and walked out after a reporter asked if they were getting broody.
The Brilliant Prodigies program is intended to become an annual awards event, so any child interested in auditioning for next year's show should contact the charity early next year.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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